Key points to consider when choosing Dental implants vs Dentures

Dr. Safa Tahmasebi is a highly trained and experienced prosthodontist with a career spanning over a decade. He had been with SameDay Dental Implants Branemark Osseointegration Center in Dubai, UAE as a clinical director. He had spoken on full mouth implant rehabilitation protocols nationally and internationally at major conferences around the world. He has been associated with ClearChoice Dental Implant Center since 2019, as a key member of the team specializing in immediate loading protocols and full mouth implant rehabilitation. In this video, Dr Safa talks in detail about the differences and processes involved with Dental Implants Vs Dentures.

Dental implants vs Dentures

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are a permanent option for replacing missing teeth, and can look and function just like natural teeth. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable false teeth that are held in place by suction or a small amount of adhesive. They are a less expensive option for replacing missing teeth, but may not be as stable or comfortable as dental implants. Both options have their own pros and cons, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and budget.

Pros & Cons of Dental implants

Dental implants have several advantages:

  • They look and function like natural teeth, making them a great option for those who want to maintain a natural appearance.
  • They are permanent, so you won’t have to worry about them coming loose or falling out.
  • They can also help to preserve the jawbone, as the implant stimulates the bone and prevents it from shrinking.
  • They can be used to support a single tooth, a bridge, or even a full set of dentures.

However, dental implants also have some downsides:

  • They are a more expensive option than dentures.
  • The implant placement process takes longer than getting dentures and requires a surgical procedure which can be more invasive.
  • They require a healing period after the implant is placed, so you’ll need to be patient before you can use them.
  • It’s possible for dental implants to fail, however this is rare and failure rates are usually low.

Pros & Cons of Dentures

Dentures, on the other hand, have their own set of pros and cons:

  • They are a more affordable option than dental implants.
  • They can be made quickly, so you can get your new teeth sooner.
  • Dentures are removable, which makes them easy to clean.
  • They can be adjusted or remade if necessary to ensure a comfortable fit.

However, dentures also have some downsides:

  • They may not fit as securely as dental implants and can slip or move around in the mouth.
  • They may not be as comfortable to wear as dental implants.
  • Dentures may need to be replaced more frequently than dental implants.
  • Dentures can make it hard to bite and chew certain foods.

What are the procedures and how long does it take to heal?

The procedure for getting dental implants typically involves multiple steps and appointments, so the total amount of time it takes can vary.

  • The first step is a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon, during which they will assess your suitability for the procedure and create a treatment plan.
  • Next, the implant(s) will be placed into the jawbone, which typically requires a minor surgical procedure. This procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the number of implants being placed.
  • After the implant(s) are placed, the jawbone will need to heal and fuse to the implant(s), a process called osseointegration. This can take several months, during which time you will need to avoid putting pressure on the implant(s) while they heal.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, a second surgery may be needed to place an abutment (small connector) to the implant, which will support the replacement tooth or bridge.
  • After this, it will take around 2-3 weeks for the permanent replacement tooth, bridge or denture to be fabricated.

Dentures, on the other hand, can be fabricated relatively quickly and the procedure is less invasive.

  • The process typically involves taking an impression of your mouth and then creating a custom-fit denture. This process can take several weeks to complete.
  • Once your dentures are ready, you will be scheduled for a fitting appointment, during which any necessary adjustments can be made to ensure a comfortable fit. The healing period for dentures is minimal, as they do not require any surgical procedures or healing time.

What are some latest technologies used for these procedures?

There are several new technologies that are being used in dental implants and denture procedures today. Some of the most notable include:

  • Computer-guided implant placement: This technology uses 3D imaging and computer software to plan the placement of dental implants with great precision. It allows the dentist to digitally map out the location of the implant and surrounding structures, which can help to reduce the risk of complications and improve the final outcome.
  • CAD/CAM dentistry: This technology allows dentists to use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to create custom-fit dentures and dental restorations. It is a digital workflow that helps to streamline the process and create a more precise, accurate fit.
  • All-on-4 dental implants: This is a technique that uses just four dental implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. It’s a less invasive option and can be done in a single appointment, and is a great option for patients who have a lot of missing teeth or have a jawbone that is not suitable for traditional implant placement.
  • Immediate load dental implants: This technology allows dental implants to be loaded with a replacement tooth or bridge immediately after they are placed, eliminating the need for a healing period and allowing patients to have their new teeth right away.
  • Digital dentures: This technology uses digital scanning and printing to create dentures that are more precise, accurate, and comfortable than traditional dentures. It also allows for faster turnaround times and more customization options.

It’s worth noting that not all of these technologies are available in every dental practice, and the availability of these technologies vary depending on the location. Your dentist will be able to advise you on which technologies are available and which options are best for you.

It’s important to consult with a dentist to determine which option is best for you based on your specific needs, budget and health condition. And it’s worth noting that recovery time can vary greatly depending on the individual, as well as the type of implant or denture being used. It’s important to follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions and care for your new teeth as directed to ensure proper healing and function.

Disclaimer: The expert health advice offered on this video are that of the specialists. For more details, you can contact them directly or consult your health expert.